How does Cobalt-60 benefit healthcare?

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Cobalt-60 keeps hospitals clean and safe

If you see it at a hospital, chances are it has been sterilized using Cobalt-60; from syringes to scalpels to masks. Find out how this powerful isotope keeps hospitals clean, safe, and microbe-free to help millions of people around the world.

Did you know?

  • 40% of the world’s medical devices are sterilized with Cobalt-60 from Ontario
  • Cobalt-60 is also used to sterilize human tissue grafts for reconstructive surgery, and even wine corks
  • 100 million patients per year are treated using single-use medical supplies irradiated by Cobalt-60

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